Angelicum Academy Moderators Meeting Pope Benedict XVI
[l to r: His Holiness, Pat Carmack, Piotr Jaroszynski, James Taylor, Steve Bertucci, Peter Redpath]

Our Faculty

Patrick S. J. Carmack
President
Patrick S. J. Carmack, J.D. is founder of the Angelicum Academy Homeschool Program and of the Great Books Academy Homeschool Program (2000 AD). After earning his Juris Doctorate, Pat completed additional courses in psychology and philosophy, and additional studies at the Institute of Spirituality at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome (“Angelicum”). A former Judge at the Oklahoma State Corporation Commission, member of the U.S. Supreme Court Bar, former CEO of an independent petroleum exploration and production company, founder and former Chairman of the International Caspian Horse Society, and President of a non-profit educational foundation. Pat participated in Dr. Mortimer J. Adler’s last several Socratic discussion groups in Maryland and California in 1999 and 2000, respectively, and moderated the first live-audio Socratic groups online (2000 AD) and numerous online groups since, as well as at Great Books evening programs in Seattle. He has been a speaker on educational topics at various conferences in the US. and Europe. Pat met with the Prefect of the Sacred Congregation for Catholic Education, Cardinal Growcholewski, in the Vatican to discuss the future of online education. He is the recipient of the International Etienne Society’s Pope John Paul the Great Thomist Humanist Award for his work in education. Pat lives with his wife Elisabeth and their six children in Colorado Springs.
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Peter Redpath
Chairman
Dr. Redpath is a Full Professor of Philosophy at St. John’s University; has received numerous awards and honors for his work in philosophy; was elected to the Board of Trustees of the Institute for Advanced Philosophical Research in 1988; has made over 100 public program appearances on philosophical topics in the U.S. and Europe; has authored numerous books, monographs, and published articles; and has edited various philosophy books. He was a member of the Board of Editors of Editions Rodopi.
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Thomas R. Orr
Founding Director
Thomas R. Orr, Esq., a founding Director of The Angelicum Academy, graduated cum laude from the University of Washington; graduated magna cum laude from the Puget Sound Law School; served for eight years as a Sergeant on the Seattle police force; is a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Naval IReserve, formerly assigned to the Adversary Fighter Squadron (VFC-13) at the Navy’s TOPGUN Fighter Weapons School as an intelligence officer. Tom is a member of the bars of Washington State and the U.S. Supreme Court and lives with his wife, Pam, and son in Federal Way, WA. Tom has moderated Socratic Discussion Groups online and at a Great Books program in Seattle, WA.
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John R. Coleman
Director
Dr. Coleman studied chemistry and biology at the University of Colorado where he graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor of science degree in 1981. The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas was the venue for his undergraduate studies in medicine where he received his degree in 1987. He spent four years with the U.S. Army in Europe including service as a field surgeon during the Persian Gulf War. He returned to the United States where he is currently a board certified emergency medicine physician practicing in Iowa. He and his wife, Myra, have one son, Stephen, age 9. Dr. Coleman is a Director of the Academy.
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Our Team of Online Moderators

Steve Bertucci
Director of the Great Books Program
Steve is a Director of the Great Books Program and has probably moderated more Great Books discussion groups (literally thousands now) than any living human! He speaks at educational conferences throughout the country and in Europe and serves on the boards of nonprofit educational and arts organizations. Steve was one of the pioneers of live-audio online Socratic discussion groups. He lives with his family in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains in Washington State. He works with our students in 3rd grade through high school, and with our adult groups as well.
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Father Joseph Fessio, S.J., Th.D.
Great Books Moderator
Father Joseph Fessio is the Founder and Editor of Ignatius Press. He is also the publisher of the influential publications Catholic World Report and Homiletic & Pastoral Review. As a Jesuit professor he founded both the St. Ignatius Institute of the University of San Francisco and Campion College. During his academic career he has taught philosophy and theology courses at several schools. Fr. Fessio wrote his dissertation on the ecclesiology of Hans Urs von Balthasar under the direction of Pope Benedict XVI (then Professor Joseph Ratzinger). He holds the degrees of B.A. and M.A. from Gonzaga University; M.A. from the Fourvière Jesuit Faculty of Theology in Lyons, France; and Ph.D. from the University of Regensburg in Germany. In addition to his academic and publishing work, Fr. Fessio has worked as a consultant for the publication of the Catechism of the Catholic Church and is the co-founder of Adoremus: Society for the Renewal of the Sacred Liturgy.
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Peter A. Redpath, Ph.D.
Great Books Moderator
Dr. Redpath was Professor of Philosophy at St. John’s University from 1970 to 2011. Author /editor of 10 philosophical books and many dozens of articles and book reviews; over 200 invited guest lectures nationally and internationally; co-founder of the Gilson Society (USA) and The International Etienne Gilson Society; former vice-president of the American Maritain Association; Founding Chairman of the Board of the Angelicum Academy; Member of the Board of the Great Books Academy; member Board of Trustees of the Institute for Advanced Philosophic Research; member of Board and Executive Committee of the Catholic Education Foundation; Academician of The Catholic Academy of Sciences (USA); former executive editor of Value Inquiry Book Series; former editor of the Studies in the History of Western Philosophy (SHWP), editor of the Gilson Studies (GS) special series for Editions Rodopi, B. V.; former associate editor, and current advisor of the journal Contemporary Philosophy; recipient of St. John’s University’s Outstanding Achievement Award, and Socratic Fellowship Award from the Great Books Academy; inaugural inductee as distinguished alumnus of Xaverian High School; and former Graduate Fellow of SUNY at Buffalo. In 2011 Dr. Redpath moved to Cave Creek, AZ in part to devote his time to teaching for and developing the Adler-Aquinas Institute.
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Curtis Hancock, Ph.D.
Great Books Moderator
Dr. Hancock earned his BA and MA at the U. of Oklahoma, and his Ph.D. in philosophy at Loyola U., Chicago. He holds the Joseph M. Freeman Chair of Philosophy at Rockhurst University ; former Chair of the Philosophy Department and Teacher of the Year, he has authored four books on philosophy; twenty-two published philosophical articles and co-authored two novels. Dr. Hancock is a Director of the Angelicum Academy and the Great Books Academy; former President of American Maritain Association and current President of the Gilson Society; former Coordinator of and Lecturer in Rockhurst’s Great Books Program, “Return to the Classics,” Dr. Hancock specializes in Metaphysics, Philosophy of Religion, Philosophy of Mind, Ethics, Political Philosophy, History of Philosophy, Philosophy of Education, and speaks Spanish, Ancient and Modern Greek, and reads Latin, Italian, French, German, and Polish.
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Prof. Piotr Jaroszynski
Great Books Moderator
Prof. Piotr Jaroszynski holds the Chair of the Philosophy of Culture at the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, Poland. He works within the framework of classical philosophy and belongs to the American Catholic Philosophical Association, American Maritain Association and the International Society of Thomas Aquinas. He has written numerous articles and several scholarly books, including The Controversy Over Beauty (1992, 2002, in Polish), Metaphysics and Art (Peter Lang, 2002), and Science in Culture (Rodopi, 2003), as well as many books for the broader public. For his textbook Ethics: The Drama of the Moral Life (6th ed., 2002), he received the personal thanks of Pope John Paul II.
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Tami Kozinski, M.A
Great Books Moderator
Tami has taught both at the high school and college levels over a medium-length teaching career, beginning in 1993 after she received her Secondary English credential and continuing after she graduated with a Masters of the Great Books from St. John’s College in Annapolis, MD, in 1998. She comes from international-educator stock, and so has lived in Afghanistan, Greece, Costa Rica, Russia, Canada and various states in the US. Tami is currently working as an adjunct composition professor, a writing tutor, a home schooling mom, a writer with essays in a few places (one in a book), and an amateur poet and painter.
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Christopher S. Morrissey, Ph.D.
Great Books Moderator
Christopher S. Morrissey is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Catholic Pacific College, the Catholic liberal arts college at Trinity Western University in Langley, British Columbia, Canada, where he has also taught courses in the Latin language and in Greek and Roman history. He studied Greek and Latin at the University of British Columbia and has taught courses in these languages and in other classical subjects at Simon Fraser University. Morrissey specializes in philosophical theology, traditional metaphysics, perennial philosophy, and ancient cosmology. His book of Hesiod’s poetry, Hesiod : Theogony / Works and Days , has been published by Talonbooks. He is currently the managing editor of The American Journal of Semiotics. Morrissey has also published book chapters and journal articles on the philosophy of Thomas Aquinas.
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Maire Carmack, BA
Great Books Moderator
Ms. Therese Carmack graduated summa cum laude with a double major in philosophy and music from the University of Colorado. Her senior thesis in philosophy entitled “The Postmodern Question: Art without Beauty,” contrasted the aesthetic writings of Plato, Kant, Heidegger, and Danto. She was a member of the College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences Chair’s Council, the first paid intern for the Center for Religious Diversity and Public Life; and she received the 2015 Divisional Award in Humanities for her interdisciplinary work in the departments of philosophy and music. Therese is currently pursuing a Master’s in Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY.
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Joseph Cunningham, BA
Great Books Moderator
Joseph Cunningham, B.A.: earned his Bachelor’s at Thomas Aquinas College in California and his Master’s at the International Theological Institute in Austria. His love of truth developed through the combined experience of the Socratic method and the Great Books in both undergraduate and graduate school. He has taught primary, secondary, and undergraduate students and continues to love learning about the greatest truths through the Great Books. He currently resides in southern California with his wife and three children.
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Heather M. Erb, Ph.D.
Great Books Moderator
Heather is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Our Lady Seat of Wisdom College (Canada), teaches philosophy at Lock Haven University, and has taught philosophy and religious studies at Penn State, Fordham, St. Francis, and University of Toronto. She holds degrees in philosophy and religious studies (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, and St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto) and a Masters and Doctorate in philosophy on the metaphysics of St. Thomas Aquinas from the University of Toronto. Heather has designed and taught Philosophy for Theology for Catholic Distance University, and has taught seminarians, religious, and Catholic schoolteachers in a variety of settings. She publishes on metaphysics and mystical theology in Aquinas and his interpreters and on issues in Catholicism and culture. Her recent book, The Path of Spiritual Happiness (En Route, 2016) presents the philosophy of happiness as developed by Aristotle, St. Thomas, and Josef Pieper, and as applied by Pope John Paul II. She has contributed chapters in CUA (American Maritain Association) and Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas (Vatican City) collections, and has articles in Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture, Studia Gilsoniana, Verbum, Proceedings of the Patristic, Medieval and Renaissance Society, New Oxford Review. She has been a featured speaker at Hillsdale College, Newman Centers, and Kenrick-Glennon Seminary, among others.
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James S. Taylor, Ph.D.
Great Books Moderator
A friend and then collegue of the famed trio (Drs. Senior, Quinn and Nelick) at the K.U. Pearson Integrated Humanities Program, Jim has been a teacher of English and American Literature, Western Civilization, and Philosophy of Education (at Hillsdale College in Michigan and at Tulsa University), for over twenty years. Jim recently authored the wonderful book Poetic Knowledge, The Recovery of Education. Jim has been moderating classes for the Great Books Program for over a decade.
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Mary Carmack, BA
Great Books Moderator
Mr. James Sturgill
Great Books Moderator
Mr. James Sturgill is a world traveler and educator. He has taught philosophy, logic, and theology in Uijongbu, South Korea. He has also taught English in China, Thailand, and Tanzania. He moderates discussion classes for pleasure while he works for his family business and farm.
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Mrs. Modelski
Great Books Moderator
B.A. St. Mary College of Madonna University, B.A. Madonna University, MAT University of Great Falls Mrs. Modelski is proud of the fact that she has taught in 4 states (Montana, Iowa, Virginia, and Michigan). Her major was Sacred Theology with a minor in Biology at Madonna University. Afterwards, Mrs. Modelski participated in the LUMEN program at the University of Great Falls, which allowed her the opportunity to teach at St. Labre Indian School while working on her MAT and additional BA in English. Mrs. Modelski then taught for 3 years in her home state of Iowa before accepting a position in northern Virginia. Then, after accepting a marriage proposal, Mrs. Modelski became Principal of a small, independent high school in the Roman Catholic tradition in Michigan. She created their classical curriculum and taught several classes, as well. She now enjoys teaching online, practicing micro-agronomy (a.k.a. gardening), and raising her daughter with her husband in northwestern lower Michigan.
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Our Registrar and Team of Graders 

Elisabeth Carmack, Ph.D.
Admissions
Elisabeth is a Board Certified Naturopathic Doctor (N.D.) through the American Naturopathic Medical Certification & Accreditation Board as well as the American Naturopathic Medical Association. She also earned a Ph.D. in Nutritional Sciences. In June, 2002 she was awarded the Diploma (D.I. Hom.) of the British Institute of Homeopathy, and is a Fellow of the British Institute of Homeopathy. She lives with her husband and six children in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She supervises our curriculum development, grading, transcript and enrollment services.
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Caeley Mcdowell, BA
Grader
Anna Woiwood, BA
Grader